A data element is a metadata container that is used to track the status of actual data blobs.

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The data element model is the main model for metadata related to a specific data element. A data element can be any data associated with an instance. The two most common type of data is the actual form data and attachments.


Name Description
id A globally unique id for the data element.
instanceGuid The globally unique id for the instance the data element is associated with.
dataType The name of the data type describing the requirements of the data element.
filename The data blob name if represented as a file.
contentType The mime-type of the content of the blob.
blobStoragePath The physical location of the data as it is stored in the Application owner storage account.
selfLinks A complex type containing a set of named links of how to obtain a copy of the data element.
size The number of bytes in the blob.
locked A value indicating whether the blob is read only.
refs A list of UUID values. Can be used to link related data elements.
isRead A boolean indicating if the dataElement has been read by a user.
created The date and time when the data element was first created.
createdBy An idenfificator indicating who it was that created the data element.
lastChanged The date and time when the data element was last changed.
lastChangedBy An idenfificator indicating who it was that made the last change to the data element.

Complete example

This data element example is from the instance example.

    "id": "8a8a01ae-9533-4aa9-b914-8ab0fae6ea0d",
    "instanceGuid": "bd9edd59-b18c-4726-aa9e-6b150eade814",
    "dataType": "Kursdomene_BliTjenesteeier_M_2020-05-25_5703_34553_SERES",
    "filename": null,
    "contentType": "application/xml",
    "blobStoragePath": "ttd/bli-applikasjonseier/bd9edd59-b18c-4726-aa9e-6b150eade814/data/8a8a01ae-9533-4aa9-b914-8ab0fae6ea0d",
    "selfLinks": {
        "apps": "https://altinn3local.no/ttd/bli-applikasjonseier/instances/1337/bd9edd59-b18c-4726-aa9e-6b150eade814/data/8a8a01ae-9533-4aa9-b914-8ab0fae6ea0d",
        "platform": "https://altinn3local.no/storage/api/v1/instances/1337/bd9edd59-b18c-4726-aa9e-6b150eade814/data/8a8a01ae-9533-4aa9-b914-8ab0fae6ea0d"
    "size": 401,
    "locked": false,
    "refs": [],
    "created": "2020-11-18T15:56:43.1089008Z",
    "createdBy": null,
    "lastChanged": "2020-11-18T15:56:43.1089008Z",
    "lastChangedBy": null